James Wilson DOI

James Wislon was bore in Carskerdo Scotland on 14 September 1742 and died 21 August 1798. He was an Episcopalian and married Rachek Bird and had six children. Appointed by George Washington, he served from 1789 to 1798 as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was elected twice to the Continental Congress and was a major contibutor to the United States Constitution. Wilson attended a number of universities in Scotland without attaining a degree. Wilson began to read the law at the office of John Dickinson a short time later. After two years of study he attained the bar in Philadelphia, and, in the following year (1767), set up his own practice in Reading, Pennsylvania.

In 1775 he was commissioned Colonel of the 4th Cumberland County Battalion and rose to the rank of Brigadier General of the Pennsylvania State Militia. In 1779 Wilson accepted the role of Advocate General for France in America. He held this post until 1783. He was nominated to be a Justice of the United States Supreme Court by George Washington on September 24, 1789, after the court was implemented under the Judiciary Act of 1789. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 26, 1789, and received commission on September 29, 1789. He became the first professor of law at the College of Philadelphia in 1790


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